Recording studios are probably the one place with tens of thousands of stories that never get told outside the inner circle of Recording Engineers. We all learned soon enough that at the end of the day, you are getting paid to deliver a sound and the business is cutthroat enough you are not to give a shit how it is achieved. Manipulating the musicians and singers to achieve that sound? Oh hell yes, we all have done that. Inflicting physical pain? Not by yours truly…well, not quite as painful, but there was the one asshole who broke our cardinal rule of no fucking drugs in our studio ever! and was caught coming out of the bathroom with a nose resembling a powdered donut. Let’s say that for a proper “tossing the asshole out of the front door” you must open such metal door first and I “forgot” to do so three times. The rest of the people present became quite productive and enjoyable to work with which is not always the case with musicians.
Hat Tip Dale